Authors: Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D., Emily Mofield, Ed.D.
Product Code: 6946
ISBN: 9781618216946
Pages: 224
Availability: In stock.

Space, Structure, and Story integrates Earth and space science with science fiction and nonfiction texts, poetry, and art. This unit, developed by Vanderbilt University's Programs for Talented Youth, is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Students explore advanced science and ELA content through the lens of structure—its parts, purpose, and function.

Mobius strips, the hero's journey, dystopian fiction, black holes, Einstein's relativity, stars, and moons are just a few of the captivating in-depth topics explored through accelerated content, engaging activities, and differentiated tasks.

Ideal for gifted classrooms or gifted pull-out groups, the unit features poetry from Carl Sandburg, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and C. S. Lewis; art from M. C. Escher, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Salvador Dali; a novel study featuring A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle; short stories from Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury; speeches from President John F. Kennedy and President Barack Obama; and informational texts about gravity, orbits, and black holes.

Learn more about the advanced curriculum units from Vanderbilt University.

Grades 4–6

Winner of the 2017 NAGC Curriculum Studies Award

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by T. Krejci
on 5/15/2018
from TN
Highly Recommend
Finding material for gifted learners that challenges both their critical and creative thinking skills, while maintaining a high interest level can be challenging. However, this curriculum was able to meet this expectation above and beyond what I could have imagined. The students were appropriately challenged to dig deep into their thinking throughout each lesson which kept them captivated throughout. They were also able to see how each unit connected through developing connections and generalizations on a higher-level thinking platform. Another great benefit of this book is that it is written for gifted teachers of all levels. Whether you are a first year teacher or you have many years of experience this book is easy to navigate and use. 
by A. Kirk
on 5/14/2018
from TN
Excellent Source
This unit is a great addition to the gifted classroom! My students enjoyed the choice-based products, and I enjoyed providing them with challenging tasks. The ELA tasks are a great way to incorporate writing, and all the materials are organized very well. This makes for easy prep and planning! Each lesson is full of different options even if time does not allow for everything to be included. This is a great unit to pull from with excellent examples and opportunities for critical reasoning within advanced content! I will consistently use this throughout the year. 
by Teresa Schweinsberg
on 5/14/2018
from Sumner County Schools, TN
Gifted Education Teacher
My students loved doing this unit this year!  It was very timely since the book "A Wrinkle in Time" is incorporated and the movie came out just as we finished the unit.  The unit was well-written and easy for teachers to use, with depth and complexity for gifted students.  I appreciated the guide to asking those higher level questions.  We enjoyed this unit very much.  I would not hesitate to use it again.
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Review by: Lewie Dunn, Georgia Military College - February 3, 2018
A great guide for educators that lack the experience of designing entire units of work, [it] could be used to help write other units as well. A work to be considered for placement in media centers to assist new educators in the production of good lesson plans and those ever popular rubrics.

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